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Old 14th July 2016, 06:03 AM
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Default is it poss to do hft or ft on a budget ?

looking to start doing the above but don't really have the money to thow at the sport is it possible to start with a budget i.e under 600

I own a hw99s and tx200 but both .22

was thinking along lines of a budget to mid range pcp in .177 what else is essential ?
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Old 14th July 2016, 06:12 AM
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Air arms pro target or njr should be ok for both sports.
450 ish and 350.
Could be a little less.

Don't think there is a scope that can do both however? Least depending on how high up the ranks you want to go
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Old 14th July 2016, 06:35 AM
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Visit a local club and see what the members are using. You'd be able to take part and compete with most at HFT with something like an AA S400 classic and a half decent mildot scope, a Bushnell for example. Allow a sum to have the stock modified to suit your build, as fit is very important.
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As your in Teeside, pop along to your nearest NEFTA club. I am a member York FTC and we have people using .22 springers for HFT all the time, even got category in comp for that. I started on a .22 springer and still use one when the mood fancies. Cheers
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Old 14th July 2016, 07:49 AM
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Only just started in HFT and I have been using a .22 springer. I'm not winning anything with it but I've really enjoyed the challenge.

The big problem I've found with a .22 springer is the trajectory of the pellet drops pretty severely at longer ranges so your aim points are significantly different between say 40yards and 45yards. Estimate the distance wrong and you'll either sail over the top of the plate or hit below.

All that said work with what you've got and see how you get on. It is addictive and once you join a club and try out other folks rifles you'll get a better idea of what works for you.
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It wouldn't be a problem with hft .you can buy a used s400 or mpr or bsa hornet add a 3-12x44 hawke vantage and away you go
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Blimey you can get an awful lot for 600.
S400 secondhand 250 -300
Small dive bottle 80
Small scope say 80 mabee less for a sh panorama
Shooting mat 50 new
Shooting glove 25

Add a load of pellets , some money for bottle fills , and a few days money on a range.
Easy sub 600.

Altho for ft you need generally quite expensive scope.but I'm not hugely familiar with the discipine.
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Fully agree with Tugg. HFT with a AA 400, even better if it's an MPR version, and a half mildot or mildot reticle 40mm or smaller scope, and you can shoot at any level. As said above a well fitting stock makes a lot of difference too but standard stocks will get you going ok.
As above, you could also pick up AA Pro target up for that money with a scope, which would out shoot anything as well and come with a fully adjustable stock.
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looking to start doing the above but don't really have the money to thow at the sport is it possible to start with a budget i.e under 600

I own a hw99s and tx200 but both .22

was thinking along lines of a budget to mid range pcp in .177 what else is essential ?
Start with what you have. It's harder with a .22 springer, but there's people who manage it. A .177 pcp would make life easier all being well, but don't let the idea that you have to have X kit to shoot Y target stop you from having a go, it's still very possible.
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As all ready said you will get some nice kit for 600.
AA 400 2nd hand & a nice half mill ret scope with will last you a long time. plus dive tank etc or get a nice springer up to you. also get a nice mat & a nice bean bag too & just have fun when you go to a HFT range \ club.
I would first of all go a club \ range & have a look around & see if you could maybe use a few other folks stuff to see what feels right to you.
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